A pretty tea both visually (love the little balled up leaves) and taste-wise (mmm). Soft with a good jasmine taste that melds effortlessly into the taste of the tea. Beautiful.
“A pretty tea both visually (love the little balled up leaves) and taste-wise (mmm). Soft with a good jasmine taste that melds effortlessly into the taste of the tea. Beautiful.” Read full tasting note
“Eep. I just glanced at my Harney & Sons post and hopefully Battle Part Deux will not be nearly as long as Battle Part 1. Scent There's not much to say about this that I didn't say in the H+S post....” Read full tasting note
“How lucky I was to get these from the generous *LENA*. Thank you! 6 months ago I would have confidently asserted that I dislike Jasmine tea because my only experience was with one of those...” Read full tasting note
“This is my 'special' tea. I drink it when I really want to relax and indulge in my passion for tea. A delicate jasmine, the perfect complement to the smooth taste of the tea leaves.” Read full tasting note
Origin: Fujian, China
Flavor Profile: Perfectly fragrant fresh Jasmine bud, soft floral aromas of California Clematis, a light hint of cocoa powder, and fleeting notes of a baked green quality that is almost reminiscent of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.
Tea Story: Jasmine is a great natural remedy for stress.
When things get really hectic here in the tea lounge, we love to steep up a pot of Organic Jasmine pearl at the end of the shift. Watching the leaves slowly open, smelling the sweet aroma of jasmine flowers, and sipping this sweet brew, all tension drifts away. Jasmine is known to have very relaxing therapeutic effects, and, when blended with tea of this quality, you get an amazingly complex green tea.
Jasmine scenting green tea is a process that dates back nearly 1000 years in China. The family artisans we work with gently scent our organic green tea pearls by hand with organic jasmine flowers.
The process is extremely time consuming, labor intensive, and fascinating. While this tea is considered a green tea, the tea leaf used is actually a white tea varietal from Fujian, China. That’s why, when you inspect the dry pearls, you will see that they have a silvery- white quality from the thousands of tiny white leaf hairs.
The unique processing of this tea begins at the end of April and early May, when the tea is harvested in Fujian. The leaf and bud group are picked together and pan fired like a green tea. The processed tea is then stored until late May when the jasmine begins to bud. Then the tea is scented multiple times, each time using only fresh jasmine buds, so that no overly sweet smell of decaying flower touches the leaves.
The tea leaves absorb the jasmine fragrance, but the tea is not overwhelmed by the scent. It is an exquisite balance.After scenting, all the jasmine buds are removed and the tea is steamed to make it pliable again. Then the tea is hand rolled into it’s famed pearl shape.
Samovar’s Jasmine Pearl is certified organic is of the highest quality. Beware of the impostors out there. They are overly sweet and overly aromatic, and the open tea leaves are not uniform.
This is an ideal tea to brew in any of our glass pots where you can watch the leaves unwind.
Samovarian Poetry: So succulent and aromatic. Tea pearls blended with baby jasmine flowers.
Food Pairing: Serve with any light, sweet fair like tea cakes, pound cake with brown sugar and nuts, or buttery cookies. Pair with cuisine that has flavors that won’t compete with the heavenly bouquet of the Jasmine Pearl.
Samovar's is dedicated to preserving the simplicity and integrity of the tea traditions and inspiring people to practice peace through drinking tea.
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Eep. I just glanced at my Harney & Sons post and hopefully Battle Part Deux will not be nearly as long as Battle Part 1.
There’s not much to say about this that I didn’t say in the H+S post. It smells so full and succulent that you want to be able to take a bite out of it. Just lovely. But H+S has a bit of a stronger scent and so I gave them the win.
Samovar’s jasmine was a little lighter in the mouth, but also smoother. Almost silky. If it just came down to those two components I’d call it a coin toss, but because Harney & Sons had that strange tingly/prickly thing going on the round goes to Samovar.
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The leaves in Jasmine Pearl were more separated. Some of the leaves were attached in pairs at the stem, but many were singles. They were all completely unrolled and long by the time the 3:30 was up. Here are my Samovar pictures.
1 | http://twitpic.com/nfruc
2 | http://twitpic.com/nfrzg
3 | http://twitpic.com/nfs3t
leaf | http://twitpic.com/ng5um
cup | http://twitpic.com/ng61c
all | http://twitpic.com/photos/takgoti
This one was sweeter, like I mentioned in the H+S review, and a little more consistent over time [however, it did grow in flavor as it cooled]. It also had more of a vegetal quality to it, though subtle. I found that the liquid edged out the Dragon Pearl in terms of complexity, but both had very similar notes and tones. Samovar won the taste round.
The price of Samovar’s 2 oz. can is $15, which is much higher price point per oz. than the next [and only] size up. For this tea to be “worth it” I’d get the 5.5 oz. tin, which runs at $28.
I am giving Samovar the championship belt in this battle, but it was really, really, REALLY close. If Samovar all of a sudden discontinued their jasmine tea and I would not be at all disappointed at the prospect of drinking Harney and Sons’ jasmine instead. Really, like I mentioned previously, I think that this decision should be based on who you buy more from [and how much you want to get, I suppose]. I buy more Samovar tea than anything else, so it makes more sense for me to get my jasmine from them.
So…I suppose that in the end this was all somewhat moot, but I got to play with my camera and two really great teas so it was a win for me. And really, isn’t that what matters? [Yes.]
How lucky I was to get these from the generous LENA. Thank you! 6 months ago I would have confidently asserted that I dislike Jasmine tea because my only experience was with one of those wretched tea-bags (probably Bigelow or perhaps Twinings).
But recently I’ve grown to really enjoy and be impressed by the subtle aromas and tastes of green and white teas. The Jasmine flavour is one that I’ve grown to esteem. I think that Samovar’s Jasmine Pearls are, hencefar, the best I’ve experienced. The tea manages to be floral and biscuity. The characteristic buttery taste of some green teas is here but this is most certainly a jasmine tea and not merely a riff on a green tea.
The jasmine aroma is delicate and demure, yet it asserts itself beyond the taste of a biscuit-y tea, or a butter-y tea. I suspect, and not just from the price, that Samovar has one of the very best, if not the best, Jasmine Pearls for offer on the marketplace.
After having some bad experiences with Jasmine tea I decided to give it another shot by trying Samovar’s Jasmine Pearl. I thought the reason I disliked Jasmine tea was because I had yet to try well-made, fresh buds but in all honesty it wasn’t much better than other Jasmines I’ve tried. I think the problem is that the Jasmine flavour is so overwhelming it masks the subtleties of the underlying leaf. So while it was light and soft I still felt overwhelmed by a flowery, perfumey, sweetness that tasted slightly cheap. This may be subjective, but at least I realized that Jasmine tea isn’t really my thing.